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|13 weeks 4 days ago||Rather disappointed...||
...that this wasn't analysis of his trucking of the Iowa fan.
Seriously, though, this is a great series. The insights are much appreciated from this non-playing fan.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Haha, same here, very small town kid...||
...that realized he wasn't in Kansas anymore after that session. If my presenters were members of any groups I don't recall; I just remember that one of them was a woman trying to cultivate a beard.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||It was the early orientation for undergrads...||
...a few weeks / months before classes even began, just an overnight where you get pulled around by your group leader and shown all the sights (and he suckered us into stepping on the Diag, the prick). Not everyone attended. I know it sounds crazy, I have a hard time believing that it happened, too, and I sat through it.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||UM used to shut down open discourse right off the bat...||
...at orientation. In the mid-90s I attended a freshman orientation session during the summer, which was a pretty great experience for the most part. Met some great folk, some of whom I've even kept in contact with over the years.
The one bad / weird part was when they took us into East Quad, then through some basement tunnels and finally into a little classroom. We had three presenters who then led us through a bunch of scenarios. The first question was, "would you be uncomfortable if you found out that your assigned roommate was gay?" They told the people who were o.k. with it to stand to the left, the people who were not to stand to the right. Then they'd spend the next 10-15 minutes haranguing the people on the right. Same for follow-up questions regarding race relations, affirmative action, government spending, the full panoply of political / cultural hot-button issues. By the end, everyone was wising up and standing on the left...
...except for the last question, which was "would you feel uncomfortable walking through a majority black neighborhood" or something of that nature. One lone guy stands on the right and they start tearing into him, but he's not having it - dude starts talking, thick NY accent, he's from fuckin' Astoria, and he starts mocking them for thinking that he, a white dude, should walk through Bushwick at midnight without a care in the world. Would not let up. All the rest of us start laughing, the presenters start screaming, finally our tour guide / orientation leader steps in from the shadows and leads us out to the next stop.
I know I wasn't the only one who went through this - my sister had the exact same experience the prior year, and we laugh at how fucking ridiculous it is that they put a bunch of 17-18 year olds through a goddamn Maoist struggle session, but whatever. Point is, if the safe spaces go, they'll have something else to fall back on.
|34 weeks 22 hours ago||Detroit native Kevin Nash.||
Was told he would've been Mr. Basketball for the State of Michigan his senior year but for some dude named Earvin.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||There is genius in your comment...||
...in that I can't quite tell if it's satire or serious. But, if you must know, my politics are as follows: [LENGTHY JEREMIAD REDACTED BECAUSE NO ONE GIVES A DAMN].
|2 years 18 weeks ago||That's fair, and that's why...||
...I wrote that it's a short-term answer to some problems, including the one you identify. But continuing to allow universities to prop themselves up based on "cheap" (i.e., low-interest) money is just a guarantee that tuitions will continue to increase. I.e., if people can pay it, even if it's based on crippling loans, they will charge it. And even though high tuition is the main problem, a low interest rate is still big money when tacked onto a high principal.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||OK, don't shoot me if I'm missing something...||
...I just looked up "Business Forward Michigan" on the Michigan LARA website and I couldn't find it listed. Even a non-profit would have to register, no? I mean, I see every iteration of "United Way of X" in there.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||I upvoted you for three reasons:||
1. You referred to my post.
2. We signed up for the blog on the same day in 2008.
3. You actually Googled "Business Forward Michigan." Now I'm curious about it, too.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||I also want to note...||
...that issue of the cost of tuition is near and dear to my heart. I went to UM (twice) as an in-state kid and it was a great education value-wise and otherwise. But looking at the tuition now for both undergrad and my grad program, kids who come from my circumstances -- blue collar parents, lower middle class -- are basically shut out from attending. And that's a damn shame, given the school's (purported) emphasis on diversity. Having a school that's basically nothing but kids from well-off families isn't "diversity" just because they're not all white, it's an old Benetton ad.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Ha!||
First time in a long time anyone's said that i'm well-reasoned or informed on anything, so thanks. And I got little up/down arrows now!
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Mr. Behm sounds like a good guy.||
And I'm all for transparency in how the regents operate. But I'm a little concerned about his position on student loans. With respect to lowering the costs of attending UM, he is saying that a main priority will be to seek to lower student loan interest rates. With the caveat that I haven't devoted a ton of time to this, and that my morning coffee has already worn off, I wonder if that is really helpful or just ends up kicking the can down the road. I've read a number of economists argue pretty persuasively that prevalence of student loans is one of the reasons that universities have been able to gild the lily over the last couple of decades. (I.e., if you give everyone $100 to pay towards X, the price of X will end up increasing by $100. Tuition is no different.) Veronique de Rugy writes about this quite a bit.
But even if the interest rates are lower, it's still a loan that needs to be repaid based upon tuition that's spiraled out of control. That's the primary factor that needs to be addressed, IMHO. And I'm not sure how you do that without taking a hard look at why the university's gotten so much more expensive, and also talking about where/how to make some cuts.
Reducing the tuition would also, I believe have the impact of (over time) increasing state funding. Right now why would the state rep for, say, Escanaba, vote to have more of the public fisc go towards a flagship university that very few of his constituents can even afford?
I know the odds of tuition ever going down are minimal to non-existent, given the various fiefdoms that arise in a university setting. But I honestly don't see how lowering interest rates does anything but solve some short-term problems, and do see how it could in fact exacerbate the long term issue.
Anyways, my thoughts, and I'm always interested in how I might have gotten it wrong. And I wish Mr. Behm the best.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Can't see his name without...||
...remembering him taking out 3 guys as a FB on an Anthony Thomas TD run against Wiscy.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||He's been on a couple of tv shows in the past.||
The great Brisco County Jr., and the awful Saved By The Bell: The College Years.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Bingo.||
It's much more likely that Hardaway gets an oReb on a Burke miss than the other way around. That's going to skew the numbers a bit.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Hmm.||
Not sure Ted Kennedy would have agreed.
|4 years 25 weeks ago||Well played.||
Very well played.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||The David Terrell...||
...B.A.D.-Ass Co-ed Activities Liaison.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||One argument I'm not sure of...||
... is the notion that revenue sharing make the NFL a "socialist" enterprise. Well, no more than owning shares in a corporation is socialist. I've always thought of the NFL as one giant corporation, with each team representing a share. I.e., if I buy the Lions, I'm not really purchasing the Lions franchise as must as I'm purchasing a piece of the NFL, which is a giant money-making operation. Maybe I'm wrong, though.
The other points are fair, though I'm glad the MLB hasn't implemented relegation -- given the late 90s, the Tigers would have been in the Dominican Summer League.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Time for my annual repost...||
...of this great article that shows what a tool Lemming is.
Of surprise to no one, Bo loathed the man.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Watching MR for the '86 version of The Game w/o audio...||
...but was that a failed 2-point conversion attempt? When the extra point would have put us up 3? I know I'm not supposed to critique Bo, but that seems ... questionable.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Also!||
Blaha: Rick Mahorn, who does radio, was in the center of press row and went up to make sure that the gals, one of our official scorekeepers, wasn't injured — and that one of our longtime statisticians, who is physically impaired a little bit, didn't get hurt. I saw Ricky taking care of business.
Mahorn: You do what you gotta do sometimes in life.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Also:||
Maybe Dantonio was cheesed that he was sharing the stage with a lowly assistant coach instead of Hoke?
I imagine someone who's -really- paranoid could have seen this as "MSU head coach is only worth as much as a Michigan assistant."
|5 years 5 weeks ago||It'd be nice to get further confirmation.||
But it's clear from the MHSFCA site that the two (Dantonio, Hecklinski) were on the same panel this morning:
Maybe some enterprising soul can reach out to a camp participant? I'd imagine it was a pretty popular and well-attended session for HS coaches.
Regardless of whether this particularly incident is true or not, it's become pretty clear from all other actions to date (feuding with Hart, swipes at Michigan during unrelated press conferences, the incident in the Bacon book) Dantonio is one disturbed cat.
p.s. Good to see that they started out the morning with an "everyone attends" session on concussions.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||I think it was in the last 5-6 years...||
...that Austin Panter kid that everyone wanted desperately to work out at linebacker. For some reason he never cracked the rotatation.
|5 years 11 weeks ago||This phrase made my ears prick up:||
"[T]here does appear to be sufficient information to raise significant concerns as to whether a concentration of power in a single individual or program may have threatened or eroded institutional control of intercollegiate athletics at Penn State."
That's not an accidental choice of words. This is a necessary finding for a NCAA "death penalty."
Am I crazy for thinking that the B10 wants the Penn State football program to die for a few years? Do they have that power? And if not, what if the Big 10 (as opposed to the NCAA) finds that these concerns -- i.e., a lack of institutional control -- existed? Can the NCAA bootstrap onto the finding? Should I stop asking questions?
|5 years 12 weeks ago||THIS.||
"[W]e’re going to take some -- I don’t know if you call them ‘chances,’ I call them ‘opportunities’ when they come. "
Oh, what a wonderful thing to read these words.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Sorry, this popped up and I just had to post:||
On Friday afternoon, according to two team sources, new receivers coach Kermit Buggs gathered his players in a room at the PSU football complex and allowed them to talk with McQueary on a speaker phone.
During a brief and emotional conversation, McQueary told them, “I wanted to let you guys know I'm not your coach anymore. I'm done.”
When players asked, "Coach, where are you? Can we see you?" McQueary responded, “No, I'm actually in protective custody. I'm not in State College.”
McQueary added that he was, "Double-fisting it," meaning he was having two drinks at once.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Bieleman talking about playing between the whistles?||
Wasn't he Wiscy's coach when one of his special teams guys tried to twist Stevie Breaston's leg off after the play was dead? I don't recall any suspension / discipline meted out in that instance.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||This...||
...is the essential point. This guy was never coming to UofM. He wants to put out stuff that makes UofM look like it doesn't / didn't know what it is / was doing, that's all. All this noise about "neck-and-neck with State" is just that: noise.